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Pick a box! (Posted on 2002-03-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You are shown three boxes, and told that one of them contains a prize. You are then asked to pick one box, and if that box is the one with the prize, you will win it. After picking a box, you are shown that one of the other two boxes is empty, and offered a chance to change your selection.

Should you do this? Would changing your choice to the other remaining box affect your odds of winning? Why or why not?

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  Subject Author Date
SolutionExplanation to Puzzle AnswerK Sengupta2022-06-27 23:51:58
Puzzle AnswerK Sengupta2022-06-27 00:05:02
SolutionAlternate explanation of the solutiontomarken2009-03-25 11:53:52
SolutionTwo Solutionsowl2005-08-17 14:36:31
SolutionSolutionStephen Ticsay2005-04-16 04:08:18
re: Cool analogyyocko2005-03-08 07:38:34
Solution6/9Bractals2005-03-08 07:12:10
Agree with solution? Problem simplified?john2005-03-07 17:11:43
re: Cool analogyjohn2005-03-07 16:52:33
Cool analogyTristan2005-03-04 03:01:28
re: Flat out wrong logic in solution.Tristan2005-03-03 22:20:52
Flat out wrong logic in solution.john2005-03-03 18:15:56
re(4): YES! ~33/66! All possibilites shown!Dustin2005-03-03 00:15:47
re(3): NO! 50/50! All possibilites shown!Tristan2005-03-02 23:31:06
re(2): NO! 50/50! All possibilites shown!john2005-03-02 21:03:49
Disagree with solution!john2005-03-02 16:18:09
re(3): YES! ~33/66! All possibilites shown!john2005-03-02 16:08:25
re(2): YES! ~33/66! All possibilites shown!Dustin2005-03-01 17:42:05
re: NO! 50/50! All possibilites shown!Dustin2005-03-01 17:30:30
re: NO! 50/50! All possibilites shown!john2005-03-01 17:24:54
NO! 50/50! All possibilites shown!john2005-03-01 17:09:37
re: kinda easyjohn2005-03-01 16:21:47
re:owl2004-12-11 05:46:49
No SubjectIain2004-05-09 14:24:09
Some ThoughtsNo Subjectlogischer Verstand2004-05-02 20:53:08
maybeBilly Bob2004-03-28 10:29:41
Solutionkinda easyomar2004-02-21 15:31:40
No SubjectCory Taylor2002-12-17 10:17:09
re: hmmmlevik2002-11-06 10:14:07
Some Thoughtshmmmdanny2002-11-05 11:35:50
Some ThoughtsCome on guys!Arcus2002-10-29 09:25:40
re: 50% vs 67%levik2002-10-17 09:01:31
50% vs 67%Jim Lyon2002-10-16 13:08:30
re: Why 50% is not the answer.levik2002-08-15 10:16:15
HeyDulanjana2002-08-14 20:55:02
Why 50% is not the answer.Paul2002-08-14 11:14:20
50% is the ONLY answer.Mike2002-05-10 15:32:06
Math vs. PuzzlesChris2002-05-07 04:50:40
More infoJohn2002-05-01 06:46:13
More info to Re: NoJohn2002-05-01 06:44:48
Re: NoJohn2002-05-01 06:43:30
NoD Willson2002-04-23 22:19:13
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